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Question for the Panel: Sports Figure of the Year
Question for the Panel: Sports Figure of the Year
Sports Illustrated chose a baseball pitcher, and the BBC tapped an F1 driver. We asked sports scholars from around the globe to give their choice for the most significant figure in world sport this past year.
Who Runs the College Sports Show?
Who Runs the College Sports Show?
It's the time of the year when networks fill their schedules with college sports – having paid hundreds of millions in rights fees to universities. Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, explains why more money in college sports is not necessarily a good thing.
Question for the Panel: The Best Governed Sport?
Question for the Panel: The Best Governed Sport?
Naming the worst governed sport was easy. What's your pick for the best?
Question for the Panel: The Worst Governed Sport?
Question for the Panel: The Worst Governed Sport?
Which sport takes the title as Worst Governed? Can anyone top Sepp Blatter and FIFA? We asked our panel – political scientists, philosophers, journalists, theologians, and more – to weigh in with their selections.
How We Speak Sports
How We Speak Sports
The announcer's call, the fan's curse, the songs from the terrace – we hear and speak our games as much as we watch them. Four of our writers – hailing from Rome, Munich, Amsterdam, and Buenos Aires – discuss how language shapes the life of a fan.
Question for the Panel: Your Favorite Sportswriters? (Part 2)
Question for the Panel: Your Favorite Sportswriters? (Part 2)
Which sports journalists do sports scholars turn to first? A few of our writers recommend journalists who explore the broader meanings of our games.
Question for the Panel: Your Favorite Sportswriters? (Part 1)
Question for the Panel: Your Favorite Sportswriters? (Part 1)
Even philosophers, historians, theologians and other stuffy academics open the sports pages first. Which writers do they most appreciate for insight into the games?
Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories
Ghostwritten memoirs of athletes and coaches take up whole shelves of the sports library. Senior editor for ESPNcricinfo, Sharda Ugra, explains why the work of being a ghostwriter is grueling.
Question for the Panel: The Best Who Didn’t Win
Question for the Panel: The Best Who Didn’t Win
Sometimes, the best don't win in the end. We asked a few of our writers to name the best teams or athletes who didn't take the biggest prize.
Question for the Panel: Who Did You Want to Lose?
Question for the Panel: Who Did You Want to Lose?
Sometimes we want a team to win. Sometimes we want a team to lose. A few of our writers tell us who they did not want to win the World Cup.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
"Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you?" –Jacques Plante 
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